Feeds

Quantum eyes Tiny brand

Talks slated for next week

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Quantum Microcomponents has said it is interested in taking over the Tiny.com PC business, following the collapse of Granville Technology Group earlier this week. Burnley-based Granville, which went into administration on Wednesday, also owns the Time Computers brand.

Chris Grierson, managing director, said his company would maintain the Tiny.com brand, and provide technical support for existing Tiny.com customers.

"What we don't want is for the [founding] family to buy it back, because then it could be run as a competitor on an ongoing basis," he added, making it clear that for him this is as much about eliminating a major competitor, as making an altruistic gesture.

Grierson said a deal could also save a few of the 1,500 jobs lost, and that initially Quantum would need around 20 extra staff to help on customer support. Ultimately, he said, the number of jobs the company could save would depend on how damaging Granville's demise has been to the Tiny brand.

"Basically, the faster the administrators deal with us, the more jobs we could save," he said, adding that he planned to meet with them next week.

A spokesman for the administrators, Grant Thornton, told us that the administrators were tracking interested parties, but cautioned: "In my experience, when this sort of thing happens, a lot of people want to have a look, but very few stick around to buy."

Grant Thornton issued a statement last night, saying that it has put a funding package in place for "the continuation of warranty cover on a limited basis and customer support, whilst allowing the joint administrators time to assess the Group’s operations".

It also published a contact address for customers and creditor support, and asks that wherever possible, people use the following email address: enquiries-time@gtuk.com. ®

Related stories

Tahir Mohsan in talks to save Time jobs
Granville Technology goes into administration
Time shutters stores

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.